In the harbour we had the prime seats on the top deck at the front (as we had yesterday) whilst we were waiting Greater Crested, Whiskered and Gull-billed Terns fed in the harbour as well as numbers House Crow.
|Greater Crested Tern|
What followed for the next hour consisted of watching the Blue Whale dive, then we hung around waiting for it to resurface before chasing after it. I have to say that they have introduced a code of conduct to stop boats getting too close. Six years ago it was a free for all, so todays is a big improvement. Eventually most of the other boats headed back to harbour, but our Captain wanted one last look, eventually the beast got up not far from us and we had great views, before returning to harbour ourselves.
|Distant Blue Whales, tail-up as they say|
Soon we were packed and off to Colombo where we had a hotel room booked for a few hours before our flight at 2.00am back to Heathrow.
The trip was good, for my part there was only two new species, but the mammals were impressive, Our guide Saman was excellent, knowledgable and friendly, he was proud of his country and its wildlife and clearly enjoyed sharing it with us. He even managed to get Andy excited over Forest Eagle Owl and the Serendib Scops. I would heartily recommend Sri Lanka Birding Adventures, I after all have now used them twice – and I wouldn’t rule out a third trip, Sri Lanka is that good!